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Smallpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the variola virus, a member of the Orthopox virus family. It is one of the most devastating diseases known to humanity, with a mortality rate as high as 30%. In 1967, the World Health Organization embarked upon an intensified vaccination campaign to eliminate smallpox, which culminated in the successful eradication of the disease globally by 1980.

By the mid-1980s, there were only two known repositories of variola virus: the Institute of Virus Preparations in Russia, and the US CDC. The events in the US in September and October 2001 highlighted the risk that the variola virus might be used as an agent of bioterrorism. Governments around the world are taking precautionary measures to be ready to deal with a potential smallpox outbreak.
Breakthrough could help protect against the use of smallpox by terrorists

Breakthrough could help protect against the use of smallpox by terrorists

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

Myth of disease threat posed by dead bodies after natural disasters unfounded

Myth of disease threat posed by dead bodies after natural disasters unfounded

Double-punch approach to vaccine design more effective

Double-punch approach to vaccine design more effective

Research tests the efficacy of a smallpox vaccine candidate known as LC16m8

Research tests the efficacy of a smallpox vaccine candidate known as LC16m8

$3.5 million grant to develop AIDS vaccinations

$3.5 million grant to develop AIDS vaccinations

WHO to tackle heart disease, diabetes, cancers, road safety as well as diseases

WHO to tackle heart disease, diabetes, cancers, road safety as well as diseases

Network formed to tackle potentially fatal reaction to smallpox vaccine

Network formed to tackle potentially fatal reaction to smallpox vaccine

$20.7 million to make smallpox vaccine safer

$20.7 million to make smallpox vaccine safer

Higher rate of cardiac complications from smallpox vaccinations for US military

Higher rate of cardiac complications from smallpox vaccinations for US military

Alternative vaccine to Dryvax for smallpox

Alternative vaccine to Dryvax for smallpox

Experts conclude plans to control zoonoses, diseases transmitted from animals to humans

Experts conclude plans to control zoonoses, diseases transmitted from animals to humans

Computers to combat disease

Computers to combat disease

Scientists looking for 480 people to test experimental anthrax vaccine

Scientists looking for 480 people to test experimental anthrax vaccine

Experimental smallpox DNA vaccine

Experimental smallpox DNA vaccine

World expert speaks on bioterrorism and emerging infections

World expert speaks on bioterrorism and emerging infections

An experimental vaccine based on a critical piece of the SARS virus

An experimental vaccine based on a critical piece of the SARS virus

Scientists studying vaccinia virus, a relative of smallpox, have determined that a gene necessary for virus replication also has a key role in turning off inflammation

Scientists studying vaccinia virus, a relative of smallpox, have determined that a gene necessary for virus replication also has a key role in turning off inflammation

First US Tests of Bird-Flu Vaccine in Humans

First US Tests of Bird-Flu Vaccine in Humans